Monday, February 20, 2017

Hobonichi Techo Drawings

Some days I don't know what
to draw in my Hobonichi Techo...
and then I might glue in some of
my own drawings. Sun and cloud
drawn on card stock in pen, and
then watercolored.
Seeing the sun in the morning
starts the day off well, but my
coffee helps too!

Hobonichi challenge prompts 
for the 14th and 15th were "cupid"
and "something that starts with 'O'."

Linking up for Elizabeth's T-Tuesday blog hop.
Thanks for visiting!
♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, February 17, 2017

Collage with TV

Do you cut, glue and draw
while watching TV?  I was watching
"Call the Midwife" on Netflix, and
heard the phrase 'Calypso baby.'
It tickled my it went
into this collage.

I think this is one of my
"use up the rest of that black paint
on the palette" paintings...done in
a Smash Book by K and Co. 
The Smash books have been marked
down and discontinued. Maybe because
they were a bit pricey? Or because 
people were making their own
'Junk Journals'?  But I have several
left in my stash! 

Have you put anything 
in an Art Journal today?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Techo and Other Journal Pages

Hobonichi Techo pages revised:
I showed the page on the left 
last week. I've added red cherry
candies to the last glass container.
Pretty, but oh, the sugar high!

"You can't buy happiness...but 
you can buy cupcakes, and that's
kind of the same thing."
It's a fun quote, and makes me smile,
but food is NOT love, so don't you
believe it. Drawing a cupcake makes
me happier than eating one!

Proof that I don't always keep up 
from day to day with my Techo. I
will have to catch up tonight or tomorrow...

The Lego Batman movie was cute.
I think I need to view it again to catch
all of the Batman and villain references.
A little short on plot, but awesome in
special effects and animation. I just
love the lego characters!

Collage in another mixed media journal,
in a slightly larger size.

Get Inspired!
Linking up for T Tuesday, and
inviting you to visit the other 
blog hoppers to see what
creative pursuits they've shared.

Happy Valentine's Day! ♥♥♥

Friday, February 10, 2017

Techo Candy

Conversation hearts in my Hobonichi
Techo...they are so cute, but not my
favorite candy to eat, y'know?

A bit of verse from Emily Dickenson
on the left.  And who could resist a
rubber stamp with a sheep on it!!?

A weird shopping experience in 
Hobby Lobby the other day...
just had to write about it. (click on
any picture to enlarge)

Did you decorate for 
Valentine's Day?  I am finding
that the candy, though pretty,
is not going to be good for
my 'healthy eating' resolution!
I do love chocolate...♥

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Techo Tuesday

Drawings in my Hobonichi Techo: 
an illustrated record of 
the happenings around here.
Even though I am not on 
Instagram (at least not yet) I enjoy
doing the Hobonichi Challenge that
they have each month. (on the left)
I may need to find something to add
to that blank space...

Still enjoying the amaryllis...

Our silly unofficial US holiday, 
Groundhog Day...quite an ugly

Linking up for T Tuesday over
at Altered Book Lover's blog...
did you spot the coffee cup?  I
really do drink tea sometimes too...

Getting a lot of mileage and 
sketches out of the progress of
the amaryllis. A bit sad to see the 
blooms begin to fade, and wondering 
if I'll be able to keep the plant 
upright when the second stalk blooms!
Am I supposed to trim the dead 
blooms off?

Thanks for stopping by!
Do try visiting the rest of
the Tea gang for T Tuesday...
hope you have some
color, creativity, and 
sunshine this week!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bloomin' Hobonichi Techo

Joining the gang for T Tuesday
over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's...
little coffee cups show up on
quite a few of the pages in
my Hobonichi Techo, which
qualifies as "sharing a beverage."

Drawings of birds continue
throughout January...

and of course a little doodle for
Chinese New Year.

Fun poem that I found about
the pelican.

The Tennessee 'branch' of the family
made a super quick visit over the 
weekend to attend a wedding.
So great to see them, even
for a short time!

I am loving the amaryllis that I
received for Christmas from a
friend and co-worker! It grows
and changes quite rapidly when
the buds appear.

Hope you are finding some
wonderful color in your day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Techo Tuesday - Birds, Clouds and Pluto

Lots of birds are appearing in my
Hobonichi Techo journal, along with
daily happenings. The Hobonichi Challenge
that I am following has a theme this 
month of "Above the Clouds," hence
the many birds.

On the 19th, the challenge was "Pluto."
I am sure it was supposed to be the planet,
but that didn't appeal to me, so....
Pluto the Disney dog made his smiling

Crane and clouds were the prompts for
these two days...

I think this may be my favorite for the
week...the prompt on the 22nd was "dreams."
So, a bit of sketch after Kandinksy's
'Dreamy Improvisation' happened.

I am pleased with the way the 
parrot turned out, and the quote
makes me smile.

Did you spot the coffee mugs on these
pages? I'm linking up with 
Bleubeard and Elizabeth for 
T Tuesday. Stop by for a beverage
and a fun visit with a wide variety
of friends, sharing their delightful
arts and activities!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coffee, Sweet Rolls, and Birds

Hubby brought me some sweet rolls
the other day, when I was staying in
because of my cold. Wonderful with
coffee, not so good for my weight!
Maybe you can spot the coffee mug
in there to qualify for T Tuesday!

Have been trying to do the Hobonichi Challenge
most days this month. (Which I found on the
Hobonichi Users Facebook group) 
It gives me an idea for something 
to draw each day. This January, 
it seems to include a lot of birds, so that 
sounded like fun to me.

One week down for the cold...possibly
another week to get over the cough. I
hope it's not longer than that... just
one of those things that comes with
every day life.

Linking up for T Tuesday over at
Altered Book Lover. Stop by for
a beverage and a chat!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New vs. Old

New versus old Hobonichi Techo
planner/art journal. Kind of hard to give
up working in this well-loved, painted and
collaged 2016 planner. 

The contrast in thickness of the
 old compared to the new planner 
is's at least doubled in size,
but the binding and paper held up well.
I don't usually concern myself with the
thickness of paper layers, but you can
see here why I tried to be somewhat
conservative in adding layers. Better
to do watercolors directly in the book...
and good practice to do so!

One of the last entries of 2016~
went to see 'Rogue One, a Star Wars
Story,' with our daughter. Then met up 
with our son-in-law to enjoy dinner out.

Click on any image to enlarge

It's been an eventful two months, and
lots of stuff went wrong. Thankful that 
hubby is doing well from his surgery, and
may go back to work next week. Seems 
that the only way he gets the holidays off
is to be hurt or sick, and this year he was
both! Tiny tea/coffee cups in my planner
to qualify for linking up with the T Tuesday
gang. I'm late to the party, but better late
than never. Stop by for a visit!

Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous
New Year to you! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays

While we were 'Iced In' for a couple
of days, I did some last minute baking...
coffee cake with maraschino cherry
and dried apricot filling. I froze this
yummy bread, and will warm it on
Christmas morning, adding a drizzle
 of vanilla icing before serving.

With my hubby in the hospital 18 days 
out of the last 30, it's been a
memorable month.

He is recovering from surgery and feeling
much better, but it was necessary
to be away from my blog.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday
season and a very happy new year!

Have a hot beverage and a
cozy read beneath a blanket...
and visit T Tuesday over at 
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.